Abbey School Nursery & Foundation Years
0 to 4 years
Children thrive in our nursery on the first step of their educational journey, enjoying a wealth of activities and experiences presented through a proven curriculum.
A stimulating early years environment is vital for the development of happy and contented children and in EYFS – Abbey Nursery & Foundation stage, children enjoying our early learning opportunities to the full.
Our Nursery Environment
Our nurseries are spacious and equipped with apparatus designed to enrich all areas of development in young children in the first and most important early years of their lives.
Wherever possible, especially in summer, children spend much of their time in our delightful grounds which are spacious and interesting, offering outdoor space to play in all weathers. We even grow some produce that is used in our lunch and often enjoy new potatoes, courgettes, beans, salads and herbs that we have produced ourselves, with the help of our very industrious nursery children and their parents.
Our younger children thrive on lots of cuddles and attention in our happy and caring environment. It is such good fun that we often have children not wanting to leave at the end of the day!
Our EYFS Educational Programme
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The revised, simpler framework for the EYFS was published on 27 March 2012, for implementation from 1 September 2012.
The educational programme presented in our nursery has been developed by our Principal, Mrs Sylvia Greinig, a life-long educationalist and early-years Ofsted Inspector. The Abbey School Nursery programme of care and education is ably implemented by the Head of Nursery and supported by all Nursery Staff.
With this team of experienced professionals to support our families, we are confident that your child will receive the best possible early-years education and care in Abbey School Nursery.
You make the difference
As in all good Preparatory Schools, we like to work closely with parents because together we will achieve more for your child. Over the years, much research has been completed and published which indicates that where parents and schools work closely together, children benefit enormously.
It has been Mrs Greinig’s contention for many years that the most undervalued asset in British education is close co-operation between parents and teachers. Because of this, Abbey School genuinely fosters and values contact with parents and there are many opportunities at Abbey to discuss your child’s progress with members of staff.
In addition, we create opportunities to work together to formulate achievable goals and assess the progress of your child. Moreover, we keep you updated with events in nursery and in school, with weekly updates sent directly to your email box.
A Rich Diversity of Experiences
Variety is the spice of life, so they say. In Abbey Nursery, we ensure that our children enjoy rich and varied learning experiences in the first and most important early years of their life. Such diversity is vital. As time passes, these early experiences will be transformed into the attitudes, attributes and skills that your child will take into adult life. This is the time to get the foundations right so that the building blocks of the future are secure.
This first step on the educational ladder is exhilarating and immensely important. Furthermore, it passes all too soon. At Abbey we will help you to enjoy these early years while at the same time, we will enable your child to gain the most from each area and phase of this exciting and rewarding stage in life.
Transfer to School
Abbey Preparatory School is academically non-selective and there is a guaranteed place in our Pre-Prep department for all our nursery pupils transferring to our Reception Class in the September following their fourth birthday, providing we know twelve months in advance.
You really must visit us to see our nursery, children and teachers for yourself. You owe it to yourself and above all, your child! This phase of your child’s development is so important that it doesn’t make sense to settle for anything but the best.
Our Nursery is inspected by Ofsted
In the very first round of Nursery inspection undertaken by Ofsted there were ‘no areas of weakness’ at Abbey School. This is Ofsted speak for excellent. We were the only Nursery in the South West to be so categorised during this phase of inspections, and, as is our way, have implemented regular improvements ever since. We are proud that over the years we have maintained and even improved this very high standard and others have now followed our lead.
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These learning areas are presented at the appropriate levels through play, music, drama and a range of Topics. All weekly, per term and annual timetables are published and posted on the Nursery notice-board for your information.
As a guide, we provide normal attendance sessions (9am-12 & 12-3pm) and Nursery pupils may also attend before and after these sessions, between 8.00 am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday throughout the year, depending on parental requirements.
(Click link for Nursery FEES information or alternatively, please contact our School Administrator on 01803 327868)
You will need to visit us and see for yourself our remarkable nursery and the exceptional care given by our staff. Our nurseries are spacious and equipped with apparatus designed to enrich all areas of development in young children in the first and most important early years of their lives.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
We are very pleased with the high standard of teaching and organised curriculum of Abbey school and would highly recommend sending your child to the school. The personalised learning style at Abbey school helps all of the individual needs of each pupil.
For us as parents, Abbey has made memories to cherish from the daily written descriptions of what Andrew has been up to, to cheering him along on his first sports day and on stage in the nursery play. Abbey nursery is, quite simply, a very special place.
We wrote after our daughters did so well in their GCSE's but have even more news to celebrate. In their A Level exams both have come in the top five results in the country for A Level Computing
Abbey Nursery is more than just 'childcare', as a parent I appreciate the consistency and experience of the teachers, and they way they really get to know the children as individuals, working with you as a parent to ensure the very best for each child, whatever their needs or abilities might be.
My child has enjoyed being in nursery from day 1. He never wants to come home!
Our children have a 'can-do' attitude to life which has come directly from attending Abbey School